Transitive & Intransitive Verbs Quiz With Answers

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Do you consider yourself a pro in English Grammar? If you think you have mastered everything from verbs to tenses, take this transitive and intransitive verbs quiz. A transitive verb expresses action on a direct object, whereas an intransitive verb does not require a direct object. This quiz will help you check your knowledge of transitive and intransitive verbs in sentences. Also, you will get to learn new things as well. All the best for a perfect score. You just need to answer the questions carefully and correctly.


Transitive & Intransitive Verbs Questions and Answers

  • 1. 

    An intransitive verb does not need a direct object.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    An intransitive verb is a verb that does not require a direct object to complete its meaning. It can stand alone and still make sense. Therefore, the statement "an intransitive verb does not need a direct object" is true. In contrast, a transitive verb requires a direct object to complete its meaning.

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  • 2. 

    We would like to stay longer, but we must leave. Is the word leave transitive or intransitive?

    • A.

      Intransitive

    • B.

      Transitive

    Correct Answer
    A. Intransitive
    Explanation
    The word "leave" in the sentence is intransitive because it does not have a direct object. It is used here to indicate the action of departing or going away without affecting any other noun or pronoun. 

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  • 3. 

    The audience attentively watched the latest production of The Trojan Women. Is the underlined word transitive or Intransitive?

    • A.

      Transitive

    • B.

      Intransitive

    Correct Answer
    A. Transitive
    Explanation
    The word "watched" in the sentence is transitive because it takes a direct object, which is "the latest production of The Trojan Women." The audience is actively watching something, indicating that the verb requires an object to complete its meaning.

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  • 4. 

    The crowd moves across the field in an attempt to see the rock star get into her helicopter. Is the verb transitive or intransitive? Hint - Read what the question is asking.

    • A.

      Verb

    • B.

      Noun

    • C.

      Intransitive

    • D.

      Transitive

    Correct Answer
    C. Intransitive
    Explanation
    The given sentence describes the movement of the crowd across the field to witness the rock star getting into her helicopter. The verb "moves" does not require an object to complete its meaning, indicating that it is being used intransitively. Therefore, the correct answer is "Intransitive."

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  • 5. 

    A transitive verb is complete with a direct object. Is this true or false?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object to complete its meaning. Without a direct object, the meaning of a transitive verb would be incomplete. In a sentence with a transitive verb, the action of the verb is transferred to or affects a direct object. Therefore, the statement "A transitive verb is complete with a direct object" is true.

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  • 6. 

    "Great men are not always wise." What is the intransitive adjective in the sentence?

    • A.

      Men

    • B.

      Great

    • C.

      Wise

    • D.

      Always

    Correct Answer
    C. Wise
    Explanation
    In the sentence "Great men are not always wise," the word "wise" is used as an adjective, describing a characteristic of the "great men." It is an intransitive adjective in this context. Adjectives are typically intransitive because they don't require a direct object to complete their meaning; they modify nouns or pronouns.

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  • 7. 

    The old man was extremely loveable. Extremely is the transitive verb. True or False?

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    In the sentence "The old man was extremely loveable," the word "extremely" is not a transitive verb. "Extremely" is an adverb that modifies the adjective "loveable." Transitive verbs are action verbs that require a direct object to complete their meaning, and "extremely" is not functioning as a verb in this sentence.

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  • 8. 

    Liz stayed an actress. What is the transitive verb?

    • A.

      Stayed

    • B.

      Actress

    • C.

      An

    Correct Answer
    A. Stayed
    Explanation
    In the sentence "Liz stayed an actress," the transitive verb is "stayed." Transitive verbs are verbs that require a direct object to complete their meaning, and in this case, "an actress" is the direct object of the verb "stayed."

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  • 9. 

    Mary burned the toast. What is the direct object?

    • A.

      The

    • B.

      Toast

    • C.

      Burnt

    Correct Answer
    B. Toast
    Explanation
    The direct object in this sentence is "toast" because it is the noun that receives the action of the verb "burned." Mary is the subject of the sentence and "burned" is the verb, while "toast" is the object that is directly affected by the action of burning.

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  • 10. 

    The teacher gave the students their test papers. Find the indirect object.

    • A.

      Test

    • B.

      Students

    • C.

      Papers

    • D.

      Teacher

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Students
    Explanation
    The indirect object in this sentence is "students" because they are the recipients of the action of the verb "gave". The teacher gave the test papers to the students.

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